19 November 2014

DF/Mexico Review - London Food Blog

NYC Tortas: Pork Pibil
Never throw away your knowledge of nice restaurants in London! Share your thoughts and impressions with all the others gluttons out there... and that's why now you are reading this post! ;-)
Let's speak of a very nice, good (and cheap) Mexican Restaurant that I've tried yesterday:

Old Truman Brewery
E1 6QR

A "Modern Mexican Diner, shaped by traditional flavours and modern american influences" to quote their website! ;-)
Tacos: Pork Pibil
DF/Mexico is a quite cozy place, decorated with nice colours and a friendly environment... and you know what? One thing that I like a lot is... being in a place that makes me feel good & happy just looking at what is around me; unfortunately this is a rare occurrence if I consider a number of restaurants that I have visited so far in London.
But let's speak of the most important thing: food. You can read their menu here.

Give a look to the pictures in this post... food was good, well presented, satisfactory.
I've tried a "NYC Tortas": the Pork Pibil (£7.85). And it was so yummy, guys! The Chilli Fries (£2.50) were good as well... but for my taste I have to say that, in the end, the Regular Fries were more suited to my taste.
I don't drink alcoholics, so I drank plenty of "bottomless" (you can refill it as much as you like!) Horchata (£2.30)... geez! I love horchata so much! I could have renounced to eat just to drink more and more of this sugary drink! xD
Unfortunately at some point I had to stop refilling my glass to avoid death for horchata. But... but!

We tried a Pork Burrito (£8.60), and on the Tacos side of the menu a Pork Pibil (£7.85), then something from the Grill: marinated chicken with habanero and pumpkin seed mayo (£10.85). And everything was very very tasty... a pleasure to eat!

So, yeah, if you like Mexican restaurants and if you are tempted by the delicious food that you can see in my pictures... visit DF/Mexico in Hanbury Street (the place is near Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street) and then let me know if you have enjoyed it! ;-)
See you soon!

Pork Burrito
Marinated Chicken

11 November 2014

The Perfect Christmas Gift

My life is a madhouse...
It's still november and I'm already pining because I have yet to determine what I'm going to buy as a Christmas gift for the people I love.
And even if I have already bought something for my friends and for my sisters... I'm unconvinced.
The point is that I have all these ideas in my mind... but converting an idea into reality is always a struggle (especially when you lack time, money and blah blah).
So that's what I'll do: it's better to write everything down and take the time to reflect. I need a list.
I'm allowed to put a very expensive item on my list, and then what I'll do will be... thinking of how I can find a very similar one for less. Or if I can make that item myself (good, old DIY!). Or... whatever! xD
They say that writing things down will change your life and your perspective on things... so I'm willing to give it a try! 
Basically it is an exercise in thinking and in creativity.
And creativity... I can do! Yup guys! It's time to create!! :)

So, that's my suggestion: if you are struggling for the perfect Christmas gift... stop panicking! Write a list, write your ideas and start to think about the better way to reach the objective. And you know what? The best option is not always spending  a lot of money!

An example? I have seen some very expensive candles that, with a little time, I can recreate and personalize... and this one will be my first project.
Another one? It will be about fashion and grunge style... a unique tee!

The sooner you start, the sooner you will have a perfect and precious gift in your hands!

15 October 2014

DIY LIP BUTTER homemade recipe

That's my new favourite recipe for a wonderful lip butter (a little bit like the "Baby Lips", coloured and flavoured... but healthier and with just natural ingredients! xD) to make at home with few ingredients!
If you speak Italian I do recommend to watch my video: here. If you can't... no problem! :-) Just read below...

All you'll need (for 1 tube of lip butter) is:

- Natural Beeswax: 1/2 teaspoon
- Shea Butter: 1/2 teaspoon
- Cocoa Butter: 1/4 teaspoon
- Coconut Oil: 1/4 teaspoon
- Castor Oil: 1/2 teaspoon
- Vitamin E: 2 drops
- A tube or a container of your liking for the lip balm.
And if you want your butter to be flavoured & coloured:
- Natural Mica (cosmetic grade!) for colouring  (or you can use a little bit of a lipstick you like)
-  2 drops of aroma for lip gloss of your choice (of food flavouring... but it must be in OIL!)

First things first: a couple of hours (or more) before starting the preparation of your lip butter mix the mica with the castor oil and leave it to rest! This will make everything easier!
Another tip is to use a milk-frother to stir all the ingredients, and remember... you HAVE TO mix the ingredients thoroughly, milk-frother or not!

Let's start by melting the beeswax in a double boiler, and when the wax is almost melted add the shea butter, the coconut oil and the cocoa butter... stir everything while the mixture melts.
Last, when the ingredients are liquefied, add the castor oil that you have already mixed with the mica... and again stir, stir, stir!
Now remove the mixture from the heat, add the vitamin E and (if you want) the flavoured oil.
Carefully pour the mixture in your container of choice, and leave it to set for an hour (you can put it in the fridge if you want).

Ta-dah! Your lip butter is made! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

I'm quite in love with this recipe: I have ordered just yesterday a lot of mica to try new colours... I can't wait to make more and to show you the results! >_<

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